Presentations Glossary

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:54 pm

While working in PowerPoint and other Office applications, you will see the concept of “Office Background”, which essentially indicates the small image strip visible on the top right area of the program interface.  It does look like PowerPoint just got tattooed!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:02 am

Robert Kawalsky

Robert Kawalsky is the CEO and Cofounder of Zeetings, a software company changing the way people present their ideas to the world. Robert is also an active investor and advisor to technology and internet related businesses. He previously held the position of Portfolio Manager at Keybridge Capital where he grew and managed a portfolio of assets across shipping, aviation, renewable energy and real estate. Robert began his career at Ernst & Young, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:59 pm

Content and appearance are the two major components of presentation slides. Among them, the former is always more significant than the latter. But that does not mean you should neglect the latter. A simple looking presentation with a clean background is always a great idea since that doesn’t overpower your message. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities to go beyond a plain background and use a less restrained background instead. Your choice for a slide background should complement the content of your presentation. For example, you’ll want a flashier background for slides created for kindergarten students, or if you were creating a PowerPoint greeting card. On the other hand, you may want a washed out, faded, or even a subtle patterned picture for a typical business presentation.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 1:28 pm

Do you want to draw a square box on your slide, and none of the options within the Shapes gallery are called “Box” or “Square”? Yes, there’s a Rectangle option but the shapes that are drawn using this option almost never have the same width and height. The solution may be to manually resize the Rectangle so that it has the equal proportions of a Square but that again is a long process. Don’t you want something easier and quicker? The short answer is yes, you can easily draw a perfect square in PowerPoint.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:13 pm

In PowerPoint, all information that you need about your currently active presentation is available in a single easily accessible location. This location is the Info pane of Backstage View. Using the options available within this pane, you can access information about permissions set for the active presentation, prepare your content for sharing, and also possibly recover older versions of unsaved files. In addition, the Info pane also provides access to many more properties.

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Monday, April 16, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:42 pm

You may create the best presentation in the world, but what happens after the presentation has been delivered? Don’t you want to provide the information you presented in a document that you can distribute to attendees, or even send them a recap via email? Handouts are meant for such occasions, and PowerPoint lets you create some amazing handouts from your slides, that can also contain extra notes that were not visible on the slides. In this tutorial, we will explore an amazing option that creates handouts for PowerPoint presentations in Microsoft Word.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:27 pm

PowerPoint provides an extensive array of built-in shapes which help you create great looking graphics for your slides. You can manipulate these graphics by dragging their yellow squares or combining them, but at times, you may not achieve the exact appearance you want. For instance, you might want a little curve in your shape edges rather than conventional straight lines. PowerPoint does allow you to tweak and make your shape look more organic than geometric curved lines.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:13 am

Drawing with the Scribble line tool is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line tool, but there is one vital difference. You don’t need to double-click to create an endpoint for your line with the Scribble tool. Also, once you start drawing with the Scribble tool, you can’t release the mouse button until you finish drawing. So, you can’t draw a perfect, straight line as you would do with the Freeform line tool. The point where you release the mouse button will be the endpoint for the drawing.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:07 am

The Freeform drawing tool lets you draw anything almost like drawing with a pencil on a piece of paper. Also, you can create straight lines; this dual capability of the Freeform tool provides you with more creative freedom. Significantly, it takes a while to master the Freeform tool. Practice alone will make your attempts perfect!

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 10:47 am

Drawing a simple straight, point to point line in PowerPoint 2016 is a piece of cake. Now, in this tutorial, we’ll move on further to show you how you can draw a curved line. With curved lines, you can create both open and closed shapes.

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